What You Need to Know:
* Four Panthers were named to the official Preseason All-Sun Belt team, chosen by the coaches and media and announced at Sun Belt Media Day.
* WR Donovan Harden, TE Joel Ruiz and LB Joseph Peterson were named to the first team and PK Wil Lutz was selected to the second team.
* Watch Sun Belt Media Day coverage on ESPN3, 2-4 p.m. ET and follow updates all day on social media.


 

NEW ORLEANS -- Georgia State placed four student-athletes on the official Preseason All-Sun Belt team, chosen by the league's head coaches and media and announced Monday at Sun Belt Media Day.

Receiver Donovan Harden, tight end Joel Ruiz and linebacker Joseph Peterson were named to the first team, and placekicker Wil Lutz was selected to the second team.

Harden and Peterson join head coach Trent Miles in New Orleans for the annual Sun Belt Media Day at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

Here's a look at Georgia State's Preseason All-Sun Belt selections:

Donovan Harden (Wide Receiver, Senior, Rialto, Calif.)
All-conference honoree who established himself as one of the top receivers in the Sun Belt Conference in his first year playing for Georgia State ... Preseason first-team All-Sun Belt by numerous publications ... 2014 first-team All-Sun Belt Conference ... Named to the Watch List for the Biletnikoff Award ... GSU’s leading receiver with 60 catches for 885 yards and seven touchdowns ... Third in the Sun Belt with seven touchdown receptions. Also third in receptions and fifth in receiving yards ... Totals of 60 receptions and seven touchdowns are the second-best season marks in GSU history; yardage total is third highest mark in Panther annals. Bettered only by current Kansas City Chief Albert Wilson in all three categories ... Also the team’s punt returner, averaging 11.0 yards ... Led the team with 977 all-purpose yards ... Enjoyed a record-setting performance against Georgia Southern with a school-record four touchdown receptions (tied for second in Sun Belt history) of 3, 59, 35 and 36 yards. Also broke the GSU record with 186 receiving yards while tying the mark for receptions in a game with 11.

Wil Lutz (Placekicker, Senior, Newnan, Ga.)
Three-year starting place-kicker and Georgia State’s career leader in field goals (19), extra points (78) and points by kicking ... Handles kickoffs and placements; can also punt ... Preseason All-Sun Belt by Phil Steele and Athlon ... 19-of-27 on career field goals, but six of his eight misses are from 48 yards or longer; 16-of-17 from 40 yards and in ... Has hit 78 of 79 extra points Went 7-for-8 on field goals and 35-for-35 on PAT in 2014. Had 19 touchbacks on kickoffs ... Added punting duties midway through the 2014 season and averaged 39.2 yards on 27 punts ... Georgia State’s leading scorer with 56 points, the second-highest season total in school history ... Kicked a 26-yard field goal with 4 seconds left to lift Georgia State to a 38-37 victory over Abilene Christian in the 2014 opener ... Named Sun Belt Special Teams Player of the Week for his performance against UL Lafayette.

Joseph Peterson (Linebacker, Senior, Dothan, Ala.)
Two-time all-conference linebacker and the Panthers’ leading tackler the last three seasons ... Preseason All-Sun Belt by numerous publications ... Georgia State’s career tackling leader with 265, an average of 8.3 per game ... Second-team All-Sun Belt Conference in 2014 ... Third in the Sun Belt and No. 25 in NCAA with 9.7 tackles per game ... Also contributed four tackles for loss, including three sacks, one interception, one pass breakup and a forced fumble ... Hampered by a high ankle sprain in November and missed two games ... Collected 11 tackles in the season opener vs. Abilene Christian, when he grabbed a fourth-quarter interception to swing momentum and help set up the Panthers’ rally from nine points down ... Had 15 tackles, one shy of his school record, and a forced fumble vs. New Mexico State ... Made 14 tackles with two sacks at Washington ... Honorable mention All-Sun Belt Conference in 2013, when he set the GSU single-season record with 103 tackles.

Joel Ruiz (Tight End, Senior, Kingsland, Ga.)
2015 John Mackey Award Preseason Watch List ... Preseason All-Sun Belt by numerous publications ... Rated among nation’s top five senior tight end prospects for NFL Draft by Mel Kiper Jr. ... 2014 second-team All-Sun Belt Conference ... Named to John Mackey Award Midseason Watch List; the first Panther ever named to a watch list for a major college football award ... First-team Midseason All-Sun Belt by Phil Steele ... Georgia State’s fifth-leading receiver with 39 catches for 478 yards and three touchdowns in 10 games ... Top eight in the nation in receptions (3.9 pg) and receiving yards (47.8 pg) by a tight end ... Named John Mackey Tight End of the Week after he had a career-best with seven receptions for 111 yards and two touchdowns in season-opening win over Abilene Christian, his GSU debut ... Caught a 34-yard TD pass, then set up GSU’s next touchdown with a 19-yard catch down to the 2-yard line. In fourth quarter, he caught a 9-yard touchdown to pull the Panthers within two points with 4:31 left, then on game-winning drive, he had a 12-yard completion on 4th-and-9 from the GSU 24 ... Added six catches for 95 yards against Air Force ... Had seven receptions for 75 yards, including a 1-yard touchdown, in 3-point loss at South Alabama and received honorable mention as John Mackey Tight End of the Week ... Transferred to GSU from Presbyterian ... Former high school quarterback.